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Thomas Knoll, Adobe

Year Started:

April 2008

Type of Web 2.0:

Hosted Application

Company Headquarters:

San Jose, California




Photoshop Online is the newest installment of the Photoshop series by Adobe. Really the first of its kind, Photoshop Online utilizes Adobe's Flash technology in order to allow any user with a decently quick internet connection (normally broadband) to be able to quickly and efficiently edit and save photos online.  Photoshop was created by Thomas Knoll as a hobby.  His brother, John Knoll, saw his work and helped collaborate on the project.  They worked on it for a few years revising the program to make it user friendly.  Photoshop 1.0 was first released in 1990 exclusively on Macintosh. 7 Since 1990, there have been improvements made to Photoshop and new versions available almost every year.  There have been huge improvements in the technology of Photoshop and what the program is capable to do to create images and text.  New tools are available with every new program and other technologies are merging with Photoshop, such as Dreamweaver.  The latest version was released in April 2010, CS5 (version 12). 10


Thomas Knoll (Top) and his brother John Knoll 7

Purpose of Photoshop">Purpose of Photoshop

Photoshop Express is a hosted service, intended for simple manipulation of images, such as color adjustment, resizing and cropping. is your online photo sharing, editing and hosting resource. Upload, organize, edit, store (up to 2GB free) and share your photos ^1^. Photoshop will also let you restore old photos to up to date quality. It also allows you to add animation and design to your photos.


Getting Started">Getting Started

What you need to use

  • Internet-connected computer with Windows XP or Vista, or Mac OS 10.4 or later
  • a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • Internet Explorer 7 or 8 (Windows), Safari 3.5 or later (Mac OS), or Firefox 3.5 or later (either platform)
  • Flash Player 10 (version 10.0.22 or later)

In order to start using Photoshop, one must first create an account.  This can be done by first clicking on the "Create Account" button located on the bottom of the home page:


After this is clicked the user will see this screen:


(Fill out the users email address and create a password)

3.This is the next step; fill out the users first and last name: 

4.The next step is to create your Adobe ID.  Create a URL between 3 and 32 characters in length and select the appropriate country:

5.The next step is to click the box to agree to the terms of use and Privacy Policy.  If the user would like to recieve Adobe communications, keep the second box checked:


6. Now all that needs to be done is to open the email sent to the user at the email address provided by the user.  There will be a link sends the user.  Click on the link and a new window will appear that requires the user to enter in user name and password.  Once the information is entered, the user will be logged in to their personal account to use as they wish.

Using Photoshop's Features">Using Photoshop's Features

Photoshop has many exciting features that one can use to edit and share photos.  When editing a photograph, the user has many options.  First, the user can choose to edit the photo or they can decorate the photo.  This image below is what the user sees when using the editing tab.  As you can see, there are many editing tools to the left of the image below that one can use to edit the photo.  The easiest way to figure out how to use them is to play with it and have fun!

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 The user can also decorate the image.  The image below shows what the screen will look like when using the decoration tab.  To the left of the below image are the tools one can use to decorate the photograph.  Again, the easiest way to learn how to use it is to play with it and have fun!

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Relationship to Other Applications">Relationship to Other Applications

  • Photoshop online can be used in conjunction with your mobile phone.  This is a great feature to use for someone who may take a lot of photos with their mobile device and would want to download and upload images to and from their Photoshop online account.

How To Use Photoshop in conjunction with Mobile device

Step 1:  Visit

Step 2:  Login to using your Photoshop login information

Step 3:  Next choose the corresponding phone that matches your personal phone.

Step 4:  After choosing your device, read the Photoshop terms of use and check the box.

Step 5:  Next, insert your phone number into the correct boxes.

Step 6:  Next, click the send link to my phone button.

Step 7:  Later, a link to set up Photoshop on your phone is sent and you are able to set up Photoshop on your phone

Step 8:  Lastly, after Photoshop is set up on your phone, you are now ready to start uploading and downloading photos to and from your Photoshop account.


* Facebook is one of the largest networking website out today.  Photoshop has the ability to link photos to and from the Facebook website very easily.  This is a great feature to use if a person would like to edit photos and upload them from their Photoshop account directly to Facebook.

How To Link Photos From Photoshop Account to Facebook

Step 1:  Login into Photoshop account.

Step 2:  Click on the "My Library" button at the top left of the screen.

Step 3:   Next, On the left side of the screen there is a button for other sites.  Under the other sites tab you will see Facebook login.   Click the login button and a new window to login to Facebook will pop up.

Step 4:  After logging into Facebook, your picture albums from Facebook will pop up under the Facebook tab in your Photoshop account.

Step 5:  After this is done, you will now be able to take photos from your Photoshop album and put them in your Facebook account and vice versa by clicking on the photo and dragging and dropping the photo in the desired album.


 *Flickr is an image and viedo hosting webstie that allows users to share and embed personal photographs. Flickr allows you to take pictures from your library and take them to Photoshop to edit, crop, or restore. You can take your pictures to Photoshop easily by uploading them from Flickr.

How To Link Photos From Photoshop to Flickr

Step 1: Login to Photoshop account.

Step 2: Click the "My Library" at the top of the screen.

Step 3: Next, there is menu on the left of the screen for "other accounts".  Included in this dropdown menu is a Flickr Login.  Click that option and a new window will pop up prompting user to enter their login information for their Flickr account.

Step 4: After logging in to Flickr, pictures will automatically upload to you account.

Step 5: After pictures have uploaded into the Photoshop account, user may edit and decorate their photos as they wish.

*Please note that you can also upload your photographs from Photobucket and Picasa in the same manner!\\">*Please note that you can also upload your photographs from Photobucket and Picasa in the same manner!

Unique Ways of Using Photoshop ">Unique Ways of Using Photoshop  

----* A very unique way to use Photoshop online is to make a photo album or slideshow that will allow you to view any photo that you want. It puts all the photos in a big circle, which allows the viewer to see all the different photos at once. When you want to zoom in on a photo to get a closer look, all you have to do is click on the photo that you want to see and the whole circle will rotate so that the photo that you chose is now in front. Once you are finished looking at that photo you can click on it again to zoom out to see all of the photos again. *

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  • Another unique aspect is sharing your pictures with your friends and them sharing their pictures with you. You can also be informed of when your friends have posted new photos. Here is a table showing some similarities and differences between Photoshop Online and another photo editing website Flickr.


Photoshop Online



You are able to choose whether or not
you want your albums to be made available
for the public to view.

There are different privacy levels that you can set your albums on.
There is a setting that will make the photos available to anyone,
there is a setting where only specified friends can view the photos,
and then there is a setting where you are the only one that can see the photos.


There are many ways you can edit your photos.
Some of these are: popping the color, changing
the hue of the photo, making it black and white,
removing red eye, and touching the photo up.

When editing a photo on Flickr, you are actually using the Picnik software to
edit your photos. You edit your photo on the Picnik website and then you can
save them back to your Flickr albums.


There may be some service fees depending
on what your level of membership is.

Since Flickr is associated with Yahoo it is free to just have the normal
membership. You can upgrade to a pro account for about $25 that will give
you an unlimited amount of storage space and unlimited uploads.

  • You can add different effects to your photos. For example, if there was not much light when you took the photo then you can brighten the photo to whatever level of brightness that you want. Another effect that can be added to your photos is making certain aspects of the photo stand out more than others by using enhanced colors. A cool thing that you can do with Photoshop Online is make your photos look like they are sketches. They look like they were drawn and not captured by a camera.
  •  Privacy is an important issue, especially if Photoshop is used in the classroom.  Photoshop allows the user to share photographs with anyone, only friends, or no one at all.

----Possible Lesson Plans





 PDF form of Surrealism Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan for Elementary Visual Arts/History/Technology 4



  • Recognize and identify surrealism
  • Apply surrealist styles to an image
  • Conceive and develop new and personal forms of art using Photoshop


  • Digital photographs
  • Digital cameras
  • Photoshop


  1. Introduction to surrealism
  2. Have students conduct research on surrealism and search for surrealistic images.  Have them bring those images to class.
  3. Have the students use Photoshop to manipulate the photographs in any way they want to make their own version of surrealism.

 Source for above table:

 PDF form of Impressionist Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan for Elementary Art/History Class 4



  • Recognize and appreciate the style of impressionist art
  • Understand the role photography had on impressionist artists
  • Demonstrate how to create a piece of impressionist art in Photoshop


  • Photoshop
  • Digital camera


  1. Introduce and explain the project
  2. Take pictures
  3. Edit pictures on Photoshop using different filters
    1. Brush size
    2. Sharpness
    3. Brush type
    4. Dry brush
    5. Smudge stick

Source for above table:

Lesson Plan for Early Elementary Grade Levels 4



  • Introduce students to digital photography editing so they know how to use editing features to modify photographs.


  • Disposable, digital cameras
  • Photoshop Online


  1. Let the students' creativity run free and let them take appropriate pictures of items around the classroom/playground.
  2. Help the students upload their pictures to computers.
  3. Open Photoshop Online and help the students sync the pictures they just took to the online album of Photoshop.
  4. Let the students print off a few pictures so they can compare those to the edited pictures later.
  5. Once the pictures are uploaded, the students can begin to edit their pictures.
  6. The students should first use the simple editing tools found in the "Basic" and "Adjustment" tabs in the editing work space.  These can be found to the left of the picture once the picture has been selected for editing.
  7. Have the students print off their edited pictures so they can see a comparison between the original and edited photograph.


Lesson Plan for High School Art Class 4



  • Manipulate a digital photo image due to the given criterion from the teacher.
  • Perform art critiques, analysis and interpretation.


  • Digital Camera
  • Photoshop online software


  1. Using a digital camera take pictures of any subject matter.  Include various angles and subjects
  2. Examine pictures that each student has taken.  Produce at least 1 critique for each classmates picture
  3. Go onto photoshop website and edit your picture.  Adjust colors, hues, values, shadows, etc.

Source for above table:

Photoshop Lesson Plan.pdf

PDF form of Chemistry Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan for High School Chemistry Class 4



  • Create a visual representation of an atom
  • Explain the different elements of an atom


  • Chemistry text book
  • Photoshop online software


  1. Read your text book to understand the elements of an atom
  2. Use Photoshop online to create your representation of an atom
  3. Follow your representation up with a page about the different elements of an atom

Source for above table:

        Source for FACS Lesson Plan:  Kimberly J. Graves

Lesson Plan for High School FACS Class

 Cooking Methods Portfolio


  • Manipulate a digital photo image due to the given criterion from instructor on each method you perform.
  • Perform cooking method critiques, analysis and interpretation.


  • Digital Camera
  • Photoshop online software
  • Ingredients for cooking method being performed.


  1. Using a digital camera take pictures of the cooking method you are performing.  Include various angles and be sure to capture the cooking method you are performing.  (ie;  leavening)
  2. Examine pictures that each of your classmates has taken.  Write at least one critique for each classmate's picture.
  3. Go onto the Photoshop website and edit one of 5 pictures.  Add colors, hues, values, shadows, etc.

Standards Addressed:

Food Science - FS.1.37 Discuss the processing additives and final product additives including their chemical, physical, microbial effects on food components. Explain examples, such as, sodium bicarbonate forming carbon dioxide for foaming and leavening, pH control agents

such as citric and carbonic acid, antioxidants such as BHA and BHT, chelating agents
such as citric acid, and emulsifiers such as lecithin. Describe the chemical similarities

and differences between sugars and artificial sweeteners in foods and food

processing. Also, demonstrate knowledge of how food additives are regulated

compared to dietary supplements (Food Additives Amendment to FD&C Act vs.

The Family and Consumer Science academic standards for Advanced Foods and Nutrition support the course

description, which can be found at

Standard 1

Students will demonstrate professional and ethical standards and content from other disciplines in the study of advanced nutrition and foods topics.

___ AFN-1.1 Integrate processes of critical and creative thinking, communication, leadership, and management,in the study of nutrition and foods.

___ AFN-1.2 Utilize emerging technologies responsibly in various aspects of nutrition and foods.

___ AFN-1.3 Apply standards from math, science, language arts, and/or social studies to the study of nutrition and foods.

___ AFN-1.4 Devise standards and demonstrate positive, ethical behavior in individual, family, community, and

workplace settings related to the study of nutrition and foods.

PDF form of Geometry Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan for High School Geometry Class 4



  • Use photos of geometric shapes in the real world to create a book of photos
  • Include the definition of each shape with each photo


  • Digital Camera
  • Photoshop online software


  1. Define each of the geometric shapes
  2. Using a digital camera take pictures of items in the real world that have geometric shapes
  3. Go onto the Photoshop website and make a book of photos with the pictures that you took; include the definition of each shape

 Source for above table:

PDF Anatomy Lesson Plan


The purpose of this lesson is for students to be able to use their knowledge of the human body to identify the proper bone structure within a human body.


1.  Given a picture of a human bone, students will be able to properly identify the different parts of the bone with 90% accuracy.


  • AS.3.4   Discuss the integumentary, skeletal and muscular systems.
  • AS.3.8  Identify the type of joints that are moveable or immovable.


  • Classroom anatomy books
  • Computer access with Photoshop Online
  • Printer


  1. This lesson will begin with the teacher reviewing the proper names for the bones in the human skeletal system.
    Teacher will use a skeleton model in the science classroom for demonstration
  2. Students will then divide into groups of 2.
    1. Students will be assigned 13 bones within the skeletal system to properly research and identify each characteristic of the bone.
    2. Students will use to correctly label each part of the bone.  Students will use the “text” tool on uploaded pictures from online medical websites.  Students will be given a list of websites to find the appropriate bones.
  3. Once students have finished their 13 bones, pictures will be printed off for each student to study from.  These images will be used for a final test to be given 2 weeks after the Photoshop assignment has been finished.


Students will evaluate each other on participation and those scores will be used towards the final grade.  The teacher will also evaluate student’s knowledge of bone structures from the final test given after.

Lesson Plan for U.S. History.docx

 Lesson Plan for U.S. History.pdf

Adobe Photoshop Lesson Plan.pdf

Post Secondary">Post Secondary


Lesson Plan for Post-Secondary Art History Class 4



  • Take a photo of your choice and use photoshop online to turn it into the style of Salvador Dali's paintings
  • Show your understanding of Dali's style by explaining why your manipulated photo is like his painting


  • Digital photograph
  • Photoshop online software


  1. Bring a photo of your choice to class
  2. Use Photoshop online to manipulate your photo to the style of Dali's paintings
  3. Write a page about your photo explaining why it is like Dali's work

Source for above table:

Lesson Plan for Post-Secondary Architecture Class4


  • Create a collage of different architectural styles using Photoshop online
    * Show that you understand each of the different styles


  • Digital photographs * Photoshop online software


  1. Take photos of different buildings that use various styles of architecture
    # Use photoshop online to create a collage of the photos
    # Include a description of each building and explain why that building displays a certain architectural style

 Source for above table:
}PDF of History Lesson Plan

Lesson Plan for Post-Secondary History Class 4


  • Create a mock advertising poster for a past historical figure
  • Show you understand what each historical figure was like and what they promoted


  • History text book
  • Photoshop online software


  1. Read about your chosen historical figure to get a better understanding of their ideas and beliefs
  2. Use Photoshop online to create a mock poster that has a logo and a slogan that represents your chosen figure
  3. Show your poster to the class and explain why it represents your historical figure
  4. Critique the other students' posters as they present them; write a paragraph on how the other students represented their figures

 Source for above table:


Lesson Plan for Business/Industry 4



  • Understand the importance that effective advertising plays into a company
  • Work together as a team of employers
  • Reproduce business ads effectively


  • Photoshop
  • Co-workers within a business
  • Ideas for a brochure or some advertisement


  1. Place co-workers in small groups and explain to them the effectiveness of an appealing advertisement
  2. Have them produce a brochure etc. for a certain company slogan
  3. Use Photoshop to effectively create this brochure

Using Photoshop to make business cards. 4



  • Make attractive business cards that well represent an individual or a company


  • Photoshop Online
  • Information that will be displayed on the business card such as phone number, email address, and fax number.


  1. Research company/individual history.  This will help to incorporate symbolism into the design of the business card.
  2. Think of designs or slogans that the company or individual might want on their business card.
  3. Open Photoshop to begin the design process.
  4. Use the editing features to change the appearance of what will eventually be on your business card.
  5. Complete the design and print of the business cards.

Examples of Its Use in Education">Examples of Its Use in Education

  • This technology can help students in computer graphic or photography classes start to see how to edit and manipulate photographs.  Computer graphics are seen every day on television, the internet, advertising, and in all other sorts of media.  Photoshop can introduce students to the process of making appealing advertisements, web pages, and pictures.
  • Another example of its use in education could be to teach students different forms of art.  Students could take pictures and make them resemble impressionist paintings.
  • Some teachers have talked about its use in Webpage design.  Students can use Photoshop to create cool and exciting pictures that can be incorporated to websites.
  • Photoshop can stimulate creativity and excitement in learning.  Today's students are geared towards technology and understand computers more than the elder population.  Students would like to use Photoshop because it is a cool program that is easy to use.  This ease of use will let the students' mind and creativity expand without being limited by hard-to-use software.
  • One student who used Photoshop remarked, "I really liked creating panoramic images. That feature came in handy for a track meet picture." 5

Use of Photoshop Internationally">Use of Photoshop Internationally

How is the application used in China? 6 8">How is the application used in China? 6 8

  • The application has not been widely known and used in China, because of the foreign language and limited network speed. First, it is uncomfortable and difficult for Chinese people to view a web page which is in a foreign language, although to those who can master English have no problem. In addition, the flash on the homepage has a bad effect on the network speed. Therefore most people in China prefer to use the simplified Chinese version of Adobe Photoshop rather than trying the online one.
  • Despite that, a lot of people in China, especially who are living in developed big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Taipei are trying to use the application. They sign in, take advantage of the basic functions, share their experience on their blogs and  encourage others to try it. But this information sharing varies significantly by industry, profession, and geographic region. People who work in the field of graphic designing pay more attention to it.

  • The application has hardly been used in the field of education in China. Teachers and professors, except who major in Educational Technology, have never used it to assist teaching.
  • Nevertheless, we could predict its potential popularity among the new generation of Chinese, who makes up a large proportion of  the world's citizens and are enthusiastic for new technologies, which help them show themselves and construct networks online. The main reason why Photoshop Online hasn't caught up might be that people simply don't  know its existence! (Some guy asked: "Could I use Photoshop online?  on a popular Chinese Q&A  forum. However, only one person told him to download the Photoshop software and no one else responded!) As a matter of fact, Photoshop is well known and widely used in and out of school, at home and in relevant industries, such as in advertising and photography. In addition to all the merits of Photoshop, Photoshop Online has the great function of connecting all its users, who might learn from each other and make friends.  It's really an eye-catcher for the Chinese citizens. We could say that if Photoshop Online made Chinese one of its selective languages, its popularity is only a matter of time.

  • Its potential in the field of education is also great. As the ongoing education reform attaches more and more importance to arts education, social studies, and learning to be a citizen of the world, Photoshop Online might be seen as a wonderful technology which fosters all these qualities in the children.

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